pastured poultry Tag

By Ann Baier, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist I recently had the opportunity to talk with Edgar Mendoza Samaniego of Sol Seeker Farm, in the Spanish-language podcast Producción Avícola de Pastoreo, about the business of raising poultry on pasture. Our conversation addresses some of the many questions that all new farmers need to ask: How can this poultry enterprise be economically viable? What are the steps to establish layer and/or meat bird enterprises? What are the key start-up costs and investments for each type of enterprise? How can I maintain cash flow for my farm and family? What are the phases of growing...

Pasa Sustainable Agriculture is making a webinar available online that was recorded March 9, 2022, "Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Risks to Pastured & Organic Flocks." In this webinar, Mike Badger of American Pastured Poultry Producers Association, Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Pasa's Executive Director and a pastured poultry producer, and Chris Pierce, President of Heritage Poultry Management Services, discuss the current situation with HPAI in the Mid-Atlantic region....

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in flocks in several more states: Michigan, Maine, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, and South Dakota. APHIS advises that anyone involved with poultry production from the small backyard to the large commercial producer should review their biosecurity activities to assure the health of their birds. APHIS has materials about biosecurity, including videos, checklists, and a toolkit available online. In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and report sick birds...

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Katherine Favor sits down with silvopasture specialist Delie Wilkens to talk about the basics of silvopasture, an agroforestry practice integrating trees, forage, and the grazing of livestock. Delie currently serves as the program analyst for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, a nonprofit organization that works to advance the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities. She has been working in forestry, agroforestry, and sustainable agriculture for many years, and has researched silvopasture adoption and best practices in the Southeast. Less than one percent of...

I had been looking forward to a visit to the Burroughs Family Farms with university extension and beginning farmers alike, to learn from this multigenerational farm family about how they integrate raising pastured laying hens with their certified organic farm enterprises. With a decade of experience with poultry, they are refining their practices by moving coops through their pastures and orchards to build soil health and fertility while producing nutrient-dense eggs. Every season brings new learning opportunities.
By Ann Baier, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist...

Burroughs Family Farm Videos Playlist Burroughs Family Farm raises pastured poultry together with other enterprises on their multigenerational, diversified, organic regenerative farm in Merced County, California. Rose Marie “Rosie” Burroughs interviews three generations of family members about daily care of laying hens, organic certification, livestock guardian dogs, fencing, integration of poultry with other enterprises, and mobile henhouse construction. Playlist Videos: Introducing Burroughs Family Farms, an Organic, Regenerative Multi-Generational Farm Burroughs Family Farms: Daily Care of Pastured Poultry Burroughs Family Farms: Organic Certification of Laying Hens Burroughs Family Farms: Livestock Guardian Dogs for Poultry and Sheep Burroughs Family Farms: Fencing for Poultry, Sheep, and Cattle Burroughs Family Farms:...